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Top 5 football clubs in the world

There are a lot of top clubs in the football industry today and it’s not easy to say who’s on top in terms of being the best football club around. Many of the best teams in the world go through stages of being the best for a while until another team steps up to the plate. All of the clubs have their good and bad days but the below list displays 5 of the current top football clubs this world has to offer in terms of recent success and form.

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1) Barcelona – You can’t deny the fact Barcelona have been one of the best teams in the world for years now thanks to the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Saurez. Any team that has to go up against Barcelona will know full well what they are up against and the chances of getting 3 points out of the game is always going to be come with a lot of hard work, and most teams fail in that respect. With that in mind, Barcelona are of course beatable but with their recent form in years it’s hard to find any better team than them out there. Barcelona always play attractive football which is another reason for their success, and it’s a reason why they are loved by many fans across the world.

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2) Bayern Munich – Bayern Munich have always been big fish in terms of the best in the world, even back when Manchester United beat them 2-1 in 1999 to go on to win the treble. Bayern Munich have always been world class and still continue to dominate the German league in front of the likes of Borrusia Dortmund. They have the team and the experience to win any competition they enter and have won the European Cup 3 times in a row before which just goes to show what a to team Bayern Munich is.

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3) Real Madrid – Another world class team that has been high in the ranks for season after season is Real Madrid. They are top of the list when it comes to the most Champions League trophy wins, they have won it 11 times which establishes themselves as one of the top teams Europe and the rest of the world has to offer. With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, James Rodrigues and Gareth Bale on their roster, they will certainly give any team in the world a run for their money on a good day. [Read more…]

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4 things we learned from Atleti’s win

1) Atletico are no pushovers

After the departures of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, Thibaut Courtois and David Villa, many expected Atletico to still be up there in the La Liga race but eventually finish behind Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, based on their recent league win and Spanish Super Cup triumph over Los Blancos, it looks like they’re more than just one season wonders.

With some impressive signings, it’s even possible that this Atletico team could achieve more than Diego Simeone’s side of 2013/2014, staking a claim as one of Europe’s best sides.

2) Squad depth

When Diego Costa got injured in the Champions League final back in May, Koke aside, Atletico really lacked a player who could create something out of nothing. Squad depth however, isn’t an issue anymore at the Vicente Calderon.

At the Bernabeu, Atletico were able to call on Antoine Griezmann and Arda Turan off the bench – both of whom who made decisive impacts in Atletico’s first ever back-to-back win at Real Madrid. Simeone was notably happy:

“What I am most pleased about today is that the players who came off the bench did what we were expecting of them and did it well.”

And with the likes of Alessio Cerci, Jesus Gamez and Cristian Ansaldi still to make their debuts, Atletico are well packed.

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3) Moya taking his chance

In what was seen as a backup signing, Miguel Moya has certainly taken advantage of Jan Oblak’s injury problems. The Slovenian – the most expensive goalkeeper signed in La Liga for €16 million – was seen as the eventual successor for Thibaut Courtois but it could be that Moya, the former Getafe man, is Simeone’s new man between the sticks.

With some great performances, a quick acclimatization, and a confident voice, Moya has settled in well at Atletico and it would be harsh for him to have to relinquish the starting spot if Oblak were to be fit and ready to go.

The Spaniard made impressive saves against Real Madrid and as it stands, has conceded 3 goals in 5 games.

4) Atleti could actually be Real Madrid’s kryptonite

Before the game, Raul Garcia made a claim that Atletico Madrid knew how to beat Real Madrid:

“Atletico know how to play against Real Madrid and we can beat them. We have shown that. The only time in recent history where we took the wrong approach was in the Copa del Rey last season.”

It was a risky thing to say – perhaps with the intention of phasing Los Blancos – but Garcia was proved right as Atletico made it yet another win over their rivals. It just shows what a great job Simeone has done with this team that they are finally a thorn in their neighbour’s side.

The funny thing is, Real Madrid fans held a banner in 2011 saying “Derby rival wanted,” and since then, Atletico have won 3 out of the last 4 games at the Bernabeu. Lesson? Be careful what you wish for.